penny barkas vegan mum

I am Vegan Mum. Welcome to my world!

Who am i?

Well, I’m a vegan and I’m a Mum, so pretty straightforward really. Known as ‘Mumsy’ by my 3 grown-up children, it is (hopefully) a benign term of endearment!

And with my gorgeous grandson now in the world, I’m also a Nansy. Similar sentiment I hope.

So that’s it, I’m not really all that interesting and you may therefore be wondering why I have this website! But veganism is interesting and learning to live as a vegan can at times be very easy, or very challenging, depending on the circumstances.

Veganism causes you to ask some important questions:

  • How do you deal with that legion of flies in your kitchen?
  • What do you do about the mouse chewing through the wires in your loft (and competing nightly with Ryan Gosling for that tap-dancing trophy)?
  • Should you take your GP’s advice and break from your vegan lifestyle whilst you’re pregnant, or bringing up young children?
  • What are we going to eat tonight that’s quick?


Yes, the last point is tongue-in-cheek (but probably heard in vegan households throughout the land!)

Anyway, I hope this website facilitates conversation, helps people to see how easy it can be to live as a vegan, and tackles some of the more knotty problems that can come your way.

Most of all, whether vegan or not, I hope it’s an enjoyable way to pass some time.

Join me on my journey

vegan spanish rice in pan

Delicious Vegan Spanish Rice Recipe

Delicious Vegan Spanish Rice In case there is anyone Spanish out there, I will avoid calling this a paella for fear of offence! However, if you’re

courgette dip

Classy Courgette Dip

What can I do with a glut of courgettes? Make courgette dip of course! I grow them myself every summer and often feel that guilty

vegan mum and coco the dog

The Vegan Mum Story

The dog runs the show… Vegan Mum, now there’s a pretty accurate description! I am definitely both of those things, although I’m many other things

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